Canada to Scotland power adapters - what kind of plug adapter is needed for Scotland?

Scottish power outlet

What adapter do I need for Scotland?

You will need to pack a Type G plug adapter [9] for Scotland if your plug doesn't fit into a Scottish power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Scotland all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use in a Scottish power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device can use then please read the section about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device first.

  • If you're planning on visiting Scotland from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Scottish power outlet. As the voltage is different in Scotland you also need to pack a power converter for Scotland if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Scottish power outlet then you can use it in Scotland without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Scottish power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Scotland such a Type G plug adapter [9]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Scotland (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Scotland, but can't convert the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Scotland to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Scotland if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power one or more USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose one which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Scotland.
  • An increase in use of a cellphone during a vacation will leave you with a flat battery quickly, it is practical to pack a power bank [10] if you need to keep your cellphone battery or other devices charged throughout the day whilst travelling to an unfamiliar country.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Scotland please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Scotland power adapters

Power adapters for Scotland

When packing for a trip it's helpful to know in advance if you can use your electrical devices when you're there. By not knowing which plug socket is being used in Scotland you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore needing to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you need to recharge that could be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Various combinations of standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning on travelling to a different country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Scotland. This page has links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when travelling to Scotland by using their 230 volt 50Hz Type G Scottish power outlet, with the Scottish using a BS 1363 13 amp plug for power outlets. When travelling you'll find power adapters will change regionally therefore please read our WikiConnections travel power adapters list where you'll find a complete list showing charging devices in different destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Scotland?

The best power adapter for Scotland will be a Type G power adapter [9] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Scotland?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a compact and cheap plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly fit into a Scottish power outlet.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [11].

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Scotland?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Scottish power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Scotland along with the correct power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances in Scotland simply by adapting the shape of the plug.

Do I need a power adapter in Scotland?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are using.

Will I need a plug adapter for Scotland if I'm from Canada?

A Canadian plug won't physically fit into a Scottish power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Scotland, and because the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Scotland to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

Do European plugs work in Scotland?

There is a chance that a power adapter that works in another country in Europe won't fit in a Scottish power outlet because there are eight different types of power outlets in Europe.

Where to buy a power adapter in Scotland

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Scotland

On arrival power adapters could be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

Where to buy a power adapter for Scotland in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Scotland in Canada

Scotland to Canadian power adapters will most likely be available in most major Canadian International airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists such as Relay, The Source or 6&Sundry, but expect to pay more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. Best Buy, Costco, Home Depot and other high street electrical stores normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for Scotland

Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Perfect when travelling to multiple countries. Most models function in around 150 countries.
  • All in one compact design. Both lightweight and small, around C$25.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters which have multiple USB charging ports built in.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • Some models will have a surge protector to prevent your electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The retracting pins don't catch against other items in baggage.
  • When you return to Canada the power strip will still be useful as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will fit into a Scottish power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Can't be used with any high powered appliances - for example hair straighteners, vacuum cleaners, kettles, hair dryers or curling irons.
  • The pins, shutters and internal moving parts might be fragile on some models which might make them likely to possibily break.
  • Only provide power to a single appliance.
  • Not completely universal, some adapters might not cover some countries with less popular power outlet types.
  • They don't have a voltage converter meaning they're not suitable for non-230 volt appliances in Scotland.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A compact USB travel wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect if you only have to charge devices which use USB.
  • You only have to bring a single unit instead of packing lots of domestic USB power chargers which costs roughly C$15-C$20.
  • Travel USB wall chargers are typically supplied with swappable heads meaning they can be used in a large number of different countries. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are typically small and lightweight which makes them easy to pack.
  • Most models should also include a built in surge protector.
  • When you return to your home country it should still work.
  • The interchangeable heads fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in Scotland.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB ports so you will be unable to charge any electrical appliances, only USB devices.
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type G plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Using a Type G plug adapter [9] will work in Scotland.
  • Simple to use.
  • Affordable, prices under C$35.
  • Light and compact.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • If you intend on travelling to more than just Scotland then you might need to bring multiple power adapter types for other countries.
  • Only modifies the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type G Scottish power outlet but not the actual voltage used in Scotland. So if your device doesn't work with a 230 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage then you will still need to bring a separate voltage converter.
  • 1 adapter per device - for every device you'll also need to bring a separate adapter.
  • Accomodation in Scotland may only have one wall outlet available, therefore you'll only be able to charge one appliance at once.
  • If you need to charge any USB device then you also still need to bring your domestic USB charger as well.
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip kit

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of powering several electical appliances at once via a single plug socket, costing under C$40.
  • Some types of travel power strips have voltage conversation for lower wattage devices (for example laptops). Even if the appliance isn't dual voltage it will still function in Scotland by using just a travel power strip, making them a lightweight and cheap alternative to a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Normal models will also include multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power grids in certain areas can be tempremental, a sudden power surge can damage your delicate electrical items. Some power strips will include a surge protector which will prevent your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • When you return to Canada it should still work.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Scotland.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike normal voltage converters, the voltage converter on a travel power strip doesn't convert higher wattage appliances such as hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Because of their size travel power strips might be unsuitable for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips could be considered excessive for travellers with only a small number of items that need powering.
Plug Adapter Sets

A power plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly C$20-C$25 a power adapter set works out cheaper than purchasing multiple power plug adapter types costing almost C$20 each.
  • Covers all eventualities and not just a Scottish power outlet.
  • If you are travelling to different locations a plug adapter set is the most flexible option.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will work in Scotland.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve planning - you will need to choose which plug adapters to pack in advance, or alternatively pack every power adapter in the set.
  • Means lots of individual plug adapters to bring.
  • Having only one working power adapter the remaining plug adapters will be redundant.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included in the set (and especially less common ones) - so ensure that your plug adapter set has one which is compatible in Scotland.
  • Each adapter only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Scottish power outlet but not the actual voltage.
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters offer surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A voltage converter only converts the 230 volts in Scotland and won't change the actual shape of the plug to fit into a Scottish power outlet, therefore you'll still need to use a suitable power adapter for Scotland.
  • The normal weight of most models of voltage converters makes them way too bulky for packing in carry-on luggage.
  • Redundant after your visit to Scotland.
  • Usually much cheaper to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a much more expensive voltage converter simply to bring your existing single voltage domestic appliance in an incompatible location.
  • Expensive, C$120-C$130.
  • Canadian travellers visiting Scotland will need a power converter as the voltage from a Scottish power outlet is 230 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Scotland

Type G Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Scotland Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included G A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 50+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type G Scottish power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a Scottish power outlet Yes
Useful when you return to Canada Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 230 volt AC appliance in Scotland Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under C$35 C$25-C$30 C$15-C$20 C$35-C$40 C$20-C$25 over C$60
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Scotland power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Scotland?

The type of plug socket used in Scotland is type G. You can recognise this power socket by three vertical slots in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.

What plug sockets are used in Scotland?

Do Canadian plugs work in Scotland?

No - a Canadian plug won't work in Scotland because it won't fit in a Scottish power outlet without the use of a power adapter. The voltage is different therefore use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Scotland?

To use a 110 volt appliance in Scotland you need a step down power converter.

Do European plugs work in Scotland?

Tourists in Europe

Do European plugs work in Scotland?

Various locations throughout Europe all use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, so a plug which works with a Scottish power outlet might not function in an electrical outlet in another location. If you intend on travelling to more than one location in Europe you can either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [16] which contains various types of power adapters, or a single international travel plug adapter [17] as both these options should make sure you're covered for all different power outlet types which you might encounter in each country. Before travelling check the list of power outlets used throughout Europe to understand which power converters and adapters you might need to bring for your trip.

Are plug sockets in Scotland the same as US?

A Canadian plug won't fit in a Scottish power outlet so bring a plug adapter for Scotland. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage you need to use a power converter for Scotland and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

What frequency is used in Scotland?

The frequency found in a Scottish power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is the voltage in Scotland the same as Canada?

The voltage which comes from a Scottish power outlet is 230 volts, however 120 volts is used in Canada. If your Canadian appliance or power charger doesn't support dual voltage then you should use a power converter for Scotland which can lower the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

Is there good access to electrical power in Scotland?

Access to electricity in Scotland is excellent which covers the entire country.

How reliable is the power grid in Scotland?

Whilst stable electrical power can't be guaranteed, the power grid in Scotland is classed as reliable with no pattern of recurrent power blackouts.

Should I pack a power bank for Scotland?

USB portable charger

Should I pack a power bank for Scotland?

Even though power failures in Scotland aren't regular with power being available to the entire population, visitors are still recommended to bring a power bank to recharge mobiles and other USB powered devices.

  • The dependence on phones for many people is high and being offline will leave them anxious, especially when being needed when travelling to an unknown location. During a trip increased use of cell phones for taking pictures, storing itineraries, social networks, sat nav and web browsing can drain power before the end of the day. A flat smart phone battery can possibly leave you without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use GPS to get directions to your hotel.
  • Packing a portable charger [10] for Scotland alleviates those concerns as it allows you to recharge your cell phone on the move.
  • A typical 10,000mAh power bank [10] will store enough energy to power over 3 full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh power bank [21] should keep a typical cell phone charged for almost a week.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop in Scotland and it it supports USB-C charging then look for a portable charger for a laptop [22] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • Please note that some airlines don't let you take batteries on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Typical consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [19] or gas hair straighteners [20] are available for travelling.
How well do solar chargers work in Scotland?

A solar backpack recharging

How well do solar chargers work in Scotland?

The climate in Scotland may be suitable conditions for a solar power bank [24] but is likely to take time to recharge. The compact surface area of the cells means a solar power bank will need to be kept in strong daylight for a long period of time in order to produce enough energy for a single charge, which might prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the bigger cells used on a solar backpack [23] give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, and could also generate power during overcast weather.
  • Phones that are plugged directly into the USB charging port of a backpack will gradually recharge the battery during sunny spells in Scotland, but could prove inconvenient to have it constantly tethered to the bag should it be used frequently. So it is recommended to plug in a normal power bank [10] into a solar backpack which can then be constantly recharged inside the bag during the day, afterwards you can power up your phone from the power bank.
  • A solar bag which is suitable for Scotland should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger.
  • They come in messenger, rucksack and backpack styles making them ideal for domestic, work and travel use. The flexible and durable panels used in solar powered bags have been made to survive scratches and bending, unlike regular firm solar panels.

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Scotland chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Scotland?

If travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just one device the best international travel charger for Scotland is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [2].

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Scotland?

Why use a travel USB charger for Scotland?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable if visiting other countries across Europe which are likely to use different outlets to Scotland.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Scotland.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Scotland along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Scotland might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Scotland could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to use multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a Scottish power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a Scottish power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cellphones could require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones on an overnight basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Scotland?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Scotland and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Scotland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Scotland.

Power converters for Scotland

What does a power converter for a Scottish power outlet do?

Power converters for Scotland allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Scottish power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter?

A heavy and bulky power converter [25] will transform a 230 volt Scottish power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, but a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Scotland.

Do I need a power converter for Scotland?

If visiting Scotland from a different country ensure that the device can be used with a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [15] is needed if you are travelling to Scotland from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. See our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to see which voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you are already using either a 230 volt device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Electrical devices which are designed to use a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and used with 230 volts run a risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse unless a step down power converter [15] is used.
  • You don't need a converter if you wish to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are normally designed for international use and support dual voltage, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [6] which allows the appliance to be used with a 230 volt Scottish power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to bring a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to carry a heavier high wattage power converter to Scotland simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our comprehensive travel guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and hair dryers in Scotland which includes recommendations on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Scotland from Canada?

The voltage from a electric outlet in Scotland is different to a US outlet so please bring a if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Scotland?

You need to buy a step down power converter [15] in order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Scotland.

What voltage is used in Scotland?

Scotland uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [15] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Scottish power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Scotland before plugging that into a Scottish power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 230 volt Scottish power outlet.
What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.
How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

The best way to tell if a appliance is either dual or single voltage is to look for numbers printed on the supplied power adapter or on the appliance itself, normally on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your unit, it should also state on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could say a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Travel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets and number of USB powers were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for Scotland?

Which type of adapter do I need to bring to Scotland?

The plug adapter which is best to use in Scotland depends on your requirements, prior to deciding the right adapter to use we recommend using the following checklist:

What are the types of devices do you need to use with a Scottish power outlet?

Make a list of items to bring

What are the types of devices do you need to use with a Scottish power outlet?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic items which plug into an electrical outlet - for example laptops or cameras.
    • High wattage appliances which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example clothes irons and hair straighteners.
    • USB electrical devices which charge using a USB port - for example phones.
  • If you only want to bring along just USB powered devices then you'll find that a travel USB charger is perfect because you'll only need to pack one charger plus some appropriate USB charging cables.
  • Travel power strips are perfect for powering and converting voltage for multiple low wattage devices of any voltage, but unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as hair irons) which require voltage conversion, potentially damaging it.
How many electrical devices are you taking to Scotland?

How many devices are you packing

How many electrical devices are you taking to Scotland?

  • List all the items you want to bring to Scotland (such as laptops, mobile phones, tablets, eReaders, hair dryers and curling irons).
    • Allow for more electrical items at a later date. Do you intend on purchasing a new tablet computer next year?
    • There is an increasing number of smaller rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise USB charging for a power source. Therefore if you have to replace a device it might need a USB power adapter so check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these too.
  • Will you also be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their phones as well?

Do your devices and appliances work with 230 volt power outlets?

How many power outlets will be available when you get to Scotland?

How many power outlets will be available

How many power outlets will be available when you get to Scotland?

  • Your hotel may have only one power outlet on the wall, this will be an issue when recharging more than one device overnight because you can only recharge a single device at a time then need to swap every few hours.
  • To charge more than one device at the same time we suggest packing either a USB wall charger or a travel power strip which are capable of charging multiple USB ports or power outlets.
Will you only be planning on charging USB devices?

Will you only need USB items

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices?

How much can you afford to pay?

  • Cheap power adapters start from under C$10 which charges only one device from a Scottish power outlet (providing that it is dual voltage or works with 230 volts), but investing in roughly C$25-C$30 allows you to power multiple devices at once and bring them to various countries.

Are you planning to visit anywhere else abroad in the future?

Is Scotland the only place you'll be visiting?

Will it take you a long time to get to Scotland?

Are you flying long haul

Will it take you a long time to get to Scotland?

  • For much longer journeys it's worth considering packing an appropriate airport-suitable power charger that can be used with different outlet types, one which can be packed in carry-on luggage and can be used to quickly charge tablets and phones just prior to a lengthy trip.
  • Because not all airlines have power outlets available we recommend bringing a travel portable charger [10] for recharging on the go. After landing in Scotland you could need to rely on a phone for making telephone calls, receiving text messages, using sat nav to find accomodation or reading an itinerary; make sure that your phone will have ample charge remaining.
Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Would you like to use your charger when returning to Canada?

Are you visiting another country with reliable access to power?

  • The electricity in Scotland is generally stable but if you plan to visit another country you may need a power adapter to protect your electrical appliances. Electricty might often fluctuate in some regions which could possibly cause damage to your devices, so it is advisable to use a power adapter which has surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Prepare for power cuts and limited electricity by bringing a portable charger [10] and a solar backpack [23].

What can I connect to a Scottish power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Scottish power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Scottish power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Scottish power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Scottish power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Scottish power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Scottish power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Scottish power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Scottish power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Scotland, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [26].

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - wikipedia.org entry about Scotland.
  2. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing around C$15.
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage, around C$15.
  4. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage, costing C$15-C$20.
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, C$60-C$70.
  6. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors, priced at under C$130.
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, under C$40.
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, priced at C$30-C$35.
  10. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, under C$40.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  12. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, under C$30.
  13. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, priced at C$35-C$40.
  14. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, priced at under C$25.
  15. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet, C$120-C$130.
  16. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set , estimated price C$20-C$25.
  17. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries, costs under C$60.
  18. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  19. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, estimated price C$460-C$470.
  20. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, around C$45.
  21. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, priced at C$45-C$50.
  22. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, under C$150.
  23. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, estimated cost under C$280.
  24. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, estimated cost under C$60.
  25. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts, estimated cost under C$70.
  26. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets